Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry earned unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team Thursday, garnering 129 first-team votes apiece.
They are joined on the first team by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (125 first-team votes), New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (119) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (65).
The All-NBA second team consists of Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol and Sacramento Kings center/forward DeMarcus Cousins.
The third team comprises Clippers forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan, San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan, Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.
James was selected to the All-NBA first team for the eighth straight season and ninth time overall. He led Cleveland to the second-best record in the East at 53-29, although the Cavs went just 3-10 when James didn’t play. The 11-time All-Star averaged 25.3 points and 7.4 assists per game.
“I’ve been able to play at a high level for a long time. I take my craft very seriously. I try to be the best I can be every single night when I’m out on the floor. To be rewarded again, it means a lot. I’ve done something pretty cool in my career so far, and hopefully I can continue,” James said Thursday.
Along with Irving’s selection to the third team, the Cavs were one of three teams with multiple players selected for All-NBA honors. The Clippers had three players honored: Paul, Griffin and Jordan. The Warriors had two: Curry and Thompson.
League MVP Curry and backcourtmate Thompson led Golden State to a franchise-record 67 wins in the regular season. Curry broke his own record for made 3-pointers, connecting on 286 from beyond the arc. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 2.04 steals per game, leading the league in free throw percentage (91.4) and ranking fourth in 3-point percentage (44.3). Curry is the first Warriors player to be named to the All-NBA first team since Latrell Sprewell in 1993-94.
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